A man who allegedly killed his mother’s partner by smashing a sofa on his head will stand trial at the Central Criminal Court in Cork. Andrew Nash, 43, denies murdering John Ustic, a British national, in Skibbereen, Co Cork, in September 2017.
The court heard that Nash attacked Ustic twice on the same night, first at the house they shared and later outside a pub. He then dragged him back to the house, where he died from his injuries.
The prosecution said that alcohol played a significant role in the events and that Nash had received a phone call from his mother before the first assault. Nash was accompanied by a couple, Thomas Fitchett and Nicola Colgan, who were also present at the scene.
The trial is expected to last two weeks and will hear evidence from witnesses, CCTV footage and forensic experts.